Everything You Need To Know About Ball Gags

There are plenty of sex toys on the market, but if you haven't dipped your toe into the world of BDSM, ball gags might not be on your radar yet. What exactly are they? "As the name implies, ball gags are used to keep your partner's mouth open during sensual role play," explains Reba Corrine, sex expert and wellness consultant. "The balls are usually made of plastic, rubber or silicone, and attached to a harness that straps around the back of the head to keep the ball gag in place."
 
Ball gags are often used in dominant/submissive role play, since whoever's wearing the gag loses the ability to speak. "It is one of the key items of physical restraint that is seen as much for its sign of a submissive person within the BDSM community as for the role they physically play," explains Anna Richards, founder of Frolicme. "And for those wearing, it sends out a clear signal about their own fetish desires."
 
"The wearing of ball gags is all part of submissive role play and your power exchange," Richards goes on to explain. "Your mouth also plays a key part in many sexual acts, so relinquishing its ability to behave in a mutual manner changes the dynamic, and can enhance other sensations that are focused on elsewhere. From the moment your partner places the gag in your mouth, it is seen that you are submitting to their control, where they are depriving you of your ability to speak and make clear defined noise. Over time, with your mouth extended unnaturally and forced open due to the ball, you drool in a manner that adds to the kink of humiliation, and your powerless position reinforces a master’s dominance."
 
Ball gags are also popular with fetishists. "Some are sexually aroused by gags and the sound of gagged people — especially during sexual acts — as well as the sight of their drooling uncontrollably," says Richards, "which may certainly lead the gag to be considered a paraphilia. The wearing of a ball gag can also be seen as an act of punishment as well as humiliation. Their needing to be restrained and punished by their dominant partner adds to the BDSM scene of discipline and dominance. For others, the wearing of such a physical object blocking their mouth can trigger a pain arousal, which is all part of their fetish behavior."
 
Aside from establishing submission, wearing a ball gag also enhances your sexual experience. "For the wearer, a ball gag increases mental as well as physical arousal by enhancing their role-play as sub or slave," Richard explains. "Not being able to speak during sex adds to their anxiety levels due to their helplessness, and thereby heightens the overall sexual thrill." If none of that sounds up your alley, here's one more compelling reason to give using a ball gag a try: it can lead to a stronger climax. "Some larger, non-breathable gags also force the wearer to inhale through their nose, which can limit oxygen, leading to a more intense orgasm."


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